Panther Nation Newsletter
September 3, 2021
A Message from our Principal
Congratulations everyone! We've made it through our first two full weeks of school. Things are moving along nicely and everyone's settling in well. A week from now, we'll begin posting our first set of grades and students will begin to get a sense of where they stand academically.
As well, when we turn the calendar page to Monday the 13th, we'll begin our first week of PowerLunch. Remember, to be eligible for the extended lunch time (30 minutes), students must have a clean grade slate with zero NY's on their card. Otherwise, we want students to be using that extra 150 minutes per week getting caught up on their missing classwork.
Speaking of lunch, our shift to one lunch period has been remarkably effective. I know it's a bit of an adjustment period, but our kitchen staff, custodial staff and supervisory staff have really stepped up and made the transition a good one. Parents may be hearing that students have a long wait in a lunch line, but the fact is that everyone who's in line has been served with a minimum of 15 minutes remaining in the lunch period. We've opened up a secondary "ala-carte" window for convenience, and that's cut wait times down significantly.
We have seating for 320 at tables and capacity for quite a few more in the three areas of our commons. That's more seating than we're serving. Many students choose to eat outside during these warm weather months. And others work out ahead of time to eat in our library or with a teacher who's providing extra tutoring sessions. Students ordering lunch for delivery at the school, remember that deliveries should be met by the student at the driveway of PantherWay. Delivery personnel will not be allowed to "drop off" deliveries nor will they be allowed into our campus.
We want you all to enjoy the Labor Day Weekend. Take an extra day of rest and relaxation, we'll see you on Tuesday. Have a great weekend.
WPHS Coach of the Week
Visit our FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM page to learn all about Mr. Schoudel, our WPHS Cross COuntry coach
Athletic Stats for the Week
Close games on Tuesday against Pine Creek. The ladies fought hard.
Thursday night was another loss for our Lady Panthers, but not won they gave away easily.
Keep an eye on Sydney Roshek. Currently she is leading the team in digs with 70, aces, with 18, and her serve receive has been exceptional.
Panthers won 16-6 against TCA early in the week. Great showing ladies!
They were not able to claim another W on Thursday, with a tough loss to Mesa Ridge. We believe in you Panthers!
Had a great showing on Wednesday . So far we are leading the league and once again showing the region that we know how own the course when we play.
Thursday night our Men's team went up against Elizabeth. Though the numbers were not in our favor, the coaches report the team played one of their best games, physically and mentally. Their training came through and they gave their all for every minute. Cayden Howard, Ryder James, and Ben Galvin showed exceptional strength and progress.
Way to go Panthers!
A hard loss against Elizabeth on Thursday. The team is working hard on the field and off, focusing on community services and academics.
WPHS Activities Sponsor of the Week
Visit our FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM page to learn all about Mrs. Stone, our WPHS Knowledge Bowl Sponsor
Learning happens in ALL kinds of ways at WPHS
Last week we featured Mrs. Orellana's Graphic Design class outside with chalk creating positive messages. This week, Mr. Owen shared a look into his Calculus and Integrated Math 3 classes. Calculus students, using bowling balls and a ramp, learned to determine the instantaneous velocity of said bowling ball. While in Integrated Math, Mr. Owen was purposeful about teaching students how to work in collaborative groups and allowed them time for fun practice.
Sense of Belonging
The Habits of Success in action in our classrooms every day!
** Click on the photos below to enlarge them**
Calculus team work
Jeremy Cefus shows his peers how he solved a calculus problem.
Poitning out the steps
1-100 team work practice
Seth Gaylon, Cameron Spann, and Nathan Cernyar
Team work is FUN!
Marin Kleppe, Bella Simmons, and Shaelee Havens tackle the 1-100 exercise.
Look at all the TEAM WORK!
Everyone has a "roll" as the bowling balls go down the ramp and the instantaneous velocity is discovered.
Why so Serious?
Because LEARNING IS IMPORTANT!!
Derek Eckhart and Levi Kettler
Look at all the TEAM WORK!
Important information regarding Free and Reduced meal benefits
While first breakfasts and lunches are free this school-year, a completed application may help families reduce or eliminate other school-related fees.